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captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: more complaints about the attorney general. >> i want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies. >> mason: is jeff sessions' job in jeopardy? >> time will tell. time will tell. >> and the motion is agreed to. >> mason: also tonight, a narrow victory for senate republicans. they win a key health care vote with the help of the vice president and a defiant john mccain. >> i have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. >> mason: why dozens of workers are having microchips implanted in their hands. and a wrestler turns the squared
circle into a political arena. >> stan, you were just hit with the liberal agenda. are you going to this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: good evening. i'm anthony mason. president trump gave his attorney general a very public, very humiliating thrashing today and left open the possibility of firing him. speaking in the rose garden, the president made clear that jeff sessions is a thorn in his side, most notably for recusing himself from the russia investigation, which led to the appointment of a special counsel. here's chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> but i am disappointed in the attorney general. he should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and i would have quite simply picked somebody
else. >> reporter: president trump denied attorney general jeff sessions is twisting in the wind, but after days of steady criticism the president declined to offer a vote of confidence or say definitively he would not fire sessions. >> we will see what happens. time will tell. time will tell. >> reporter: if sessions is wondering how to win back oval office favor, the president laid down this marker: >> i want the attorney general to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies. >> reporter: on twitter this morning, mr. trump branded session as weak for failing to investigate hillary clinton. though shortly after the election, mr. trump himself told "60 minutes" it was unlikely he would support prosecuting the clintons. >> i don't want to hurt them. >> i am pleased to endorse donald trump. >> reporter: sessions was the first senator to endorse candidate trump, and at his swearing in this february, the president offered a glowing appraisal. >> he's a man of integrity, a man of principle, and a man of
total, utter resolve. >> reporter: less than a month later... >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> reporter: that decision has kept sessions in the dog house, and the president's anger has groaning groan while the russia investigation has expanded. today, senate republicans defended their former colleague. majority leader mitch mcconnell. >> i think he made the right decision to recuse himself from the russia matter. >> reporter: utah's bob hatch. >> jeff has been very loyal to the president and i think he deserves loyalty back. >> reporter: richard shelby of alabama. >> he's a man of integrity, a man of substance and purpose and he's been loyal to the president. >> mason: major garrett is with us now. major, is there any indication sessions is considering resignation? >> reporter: no, there isn't. in fact, conservative groups rushed to sessions' defense today publicly after learning he wanted to stay in the job. their message to presiden presit
trump-- you're playing with fire, and continued roughing up of sessions could promote a backlash from the president's conservative activist base, which views sessions as someone who has labored long and hard on the very issues they care about most, labored on those issues, longer, in fact, than president trump. and they also value sessions' work to advance the president's agenda, and are deeply, deeply disappointed in the president's act of disloyalty. >> mason: so, major, who the president's end game here then? >> reporter: well senior adviser are hoping he's just blowing off steam and this will all eventually pass away. but the president's anger remarine a distraction, one white house advisers know is undercutting the president's efforts on health care and could complicate them on tax reform and other legislative items. and they mentioned privately if the president really cares about some of these prosecutions, he can't talk about them publicly. doing so might undermine them in the future. that's also something they're worried about as well. >> mason: major garrett at the white house. thank you, major. the president congratulated
senate republicans for sending a health care bill to the floor for debate. it took a tie-breaking vote from the vice president, and the return of john mccain to do it. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> senator mccain, how are you feeling? >> reporter: mccain went straight from the airport to the senate floor. , where he cast a crucial vote to begin debate on the g.o.p. health care bill. >> mr. mccain, aye. >> reporter: before unleash something straight talk about its long-term prospects. >> i will not vote for this bill as it is today. it's a shell of a bill right now. we all know that. we've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it's better than nothing. that it's better than nothing? i don't think that's going to work in the end, and probably
shouldn't. >> reporter: mccain was diagnosed last week with an aggressive form of brain cancer. as protests popped up across the u.s. capitol today, the 80-year-old senator said it's not too late to chart a different course. >> we've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. hold hearings. try to report a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides. ( applause ) the senate is capable of that. we know that. we've seen it before. i've seen it happen many times, and the times when i was involved, even in a modest way with working on a bipartisan response to a national problem or threat, are the proudest moments of my career, and by far, the most satisfying. >> reporter: he left an increasingly polarized congress with this advice: >> stop listening to the
bombastic, loud mouths on the radio and television and the internet. to hell with them. ( applause ) they don't want anything done for the public good. our incapacity is their livelihood. >> reporter: mccain's speech drew plenty of praise. some of his colleagues called him a hero. but there was some fallout, too, from critics who said he's the one playing partisan politics by voting to proceed to a bill that he clearly holds in very low regard, anthony. >> mason: occurred cord at the capitol. thank you, nancy. despite objections from the president, the house voted overwhelmingly today to slap sanctions on russia for meddling in the u.s. election and annexing crimea. the bill, which would also impose new sanctions on iran and north korea, was approved 419 to 3. it now goes to the senate.
the house and senate intelligence committees are investigating whether anyone in the trump campaign was involved with russia's election interference. the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, was interviewed behind closed doors today by the staff of the house panel, yesterday by the senate panel. kushner, a key adviser to the trump campaign and the trump white house, denies he's colluded with the russians. the investigation into the deaths of 10 undocumented immigrants in a sweltering tractor trailer in texas now extends to an iowa trucking company and mexican drug gangs. and tonight, mark strassman has new information about the driver. >> reporter: james bradley jr. should never have been driving the tractor trailer that carried roughly 100 illegal immigrants into san antonio. florida had suspended his commercial driving license back in april. 10 people died, including 19-year-old frank fuentes.
he graduated from high school in virginia but had been deported. the 60-year-old bradley's criminal history dates back 20 years with felony arrests in colorado for menacing and assault, and in florida for an escape warrant. he spent a year in a colorado prison. more than a dozen survivors remain hospitalized, some in critical condition. >> it's never just the driver by himself or herself. >> reporter: shane fulton, the special agent in charnlg of san antonio's homeland security office, is leading the criminal investigation. >> these organizations consider these people simply a commodity. they don't think of them as-- as people. they look at them from a profit perspective. >> reporter: as a commercial driver, bradley repeatedly has been scieted for federal safety violations. anthony, he has yet to enter a plea in connection with these truck deaths, but he will appear again in court on thursday. >> mason: mark strassmann in san antonio. thanks, mark.
a u.s. navy patrol boat fired warning shots today when an iranian ship came dangerously close in the persian gulf. have a look. ( gunfire ) the iranians came within 150 yards of the uss "thunderbolt" but backed off after the shots were fired. the "thunderbolt" was taking part in exercises in the gulf. congress got an s.o.s. today from the commandant of the coast guard. he said the guard is busier than ever chasing drug runners, but it can't do the job without more money. carter evans now on what's at stake. >> reporter: this is what $800 million worth of cocaine looks like. we were aboard the coast guard cutter "bertov" in 2013, after it seized tons of drugs from fast boats and makeshift submarines. >> there is so much flow right now. >> reporter: but commandant paul zukunft says the drugs keep coming and last year the coast guard couldn't even chase
hundreds of shipments they knew about. how much is still getting through? >> there were over 500 events that literally eluded us. we knew they were out there. it th really comes down to we didn't have enough planes. we didn't have enough ships. >> reporter: zukunft has much of his fleet is decades past retirement age, and the coast guard needs $1.5 billion just to catch up on maintenance. >> good copy, thank you very much. >> reporter: chief warrant officer bill hantzmon is hospital of the 55-year-old sledge. this ship is 11 years older than you. >> it is. >> reporter: hants monand his crew spend days maintaining buoys but sometimes they're forced to jerry rig parts for their own ships because they aren't made anymore. puts you out of commission. >> absolutely, it can keep us from where we're unable to do our mission. >> reporter: when the sledge was in port for repair this winter, its age really showed. it was only supposed to last about six weeks. the ship ended up being dry
docked for almost six months with parts of the hull having to be cut away and replaced. yesterday we were on a ship that was 55 years old, but it's not the oldest. >> no. our oldest is 72 years old. >> reporter: the commandant says the last thing he'll cut back on are security patrols and rescues. so for now, old ships are being rebuilt as the political fight over dollars and cents plays out. carter evans, cbs news, on maryland's chesapeake bay. >> mason: you can keep your mind sharp as you age by playing so-called brain games? a report today by the a.a.r.p. focused on what's become a $1.3 billion business. dr. tara narula takes a look. >> ready to challenge your brain? >> reporter: ads for online brain training games tout their cognitive benefits saying they improve memory, brain speed, and attention. but today's report called the evidence behind he's claims of cognitive benefits weak to
nonnist andant. sarah lock is executive director of the a.a.r.p.'s global council on brain health. >> they might get better at the game, but what we don't know is how that's going to affect your everyday eveningsing. >> training to improve one type of cognitive ability doesn't end up improving another skill, such as how fast you process information. and the report says there's often exaggerating when these products are marketed. lacht year, the f.t.c. fined the makers of liewm oft $2 million for claiming their games could help users reduce or delay age-related cognitive impairment. the good news is cognitively stimulating activities are easy to find. for example, learning a new skill. at the greenwich house senior center, betty is take up art. >> i think anything creative helps to stimulate your brain. >> mason: and dr. tara narula is with us now. tara, the a.a.r.p. recommends we cothings to stimulate our brain. but what exactly are those things? >> so these are things that are
novel, require attention and focus and a level of depth of engagement. some of the things they recommend are educational opportunities, doing things that you used to love to do. even volunteering, learning a new skill, like music or language. leisure activities like playing cards, playing with your grand kids and things that are mentally and physically challenging like tennis and dancing. >> mason: form exercise, if you will, but for the mind. >> reporter: exactly. >> mason: tara narula, thank you very much. and coming up next on the cbs evening news, the tiny implant that could replace the company i.d., and later, the wrestler who gets under the skin of conservatives. have that... you can leave worry behind when liberty stands with you™ liberty mutual insurance.
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you feel this character. >> i mean, i am this character. >> thank god you can't vote, little girl. when i go drive through the hills of west virginia, or kentucky or tennessee, i wasn't seeing a bunch of hillary clinton campaign banners. i was seeing, "trump make america agreement again" which. >> reporter: which is why richards designed to don some "dump trump" trunks, a hillary collage "t" shirt and call out the fans. >> i know you use government assistance and talk bad about the government that provides it for you. >> reporter: you have a signature move. >> yes. >> reporter: what's it called? >> the liberal agenda. >> reporter: what makes up the liberal agenda. >> it's a variation of a neck breaker but. >> reporter: stan, you were just hit with the liberal agenda. are you going to recover? >> dan and i are the complete opposites. i'm a bible believing, gun
toting hillbilly. >> reporter: beau james is richards' manager, and he's been around long enough to know he's got a winner on his hands. >> i got at least four years out of him. >> reporter: you think progressive liberal has some staying power? >> i forrality least four years. after that, who knows, maybe four more. >> shut up, lady. i'll talk at my own pace, not yours. >> i'm saying my piece. >> reporter: who knows if dan richards' approach would be good for his party. from the looks of things, it's certainly good for his bank account. jim axelrod, cbs news, boyd county, kentucky. >> this is what a winner looks like. >> mason: to parafrayed ross pero, wrestling has rules. politics has none. that's the cbs evening
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